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Old 02/02/2021, 06:32 AM   #176
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Karim, do you still have a holding system or will you be starting fresh on this system? I remember that the original greenhouse holding system didn't make it but curious if you started another one? Any idea on the build timeframe going forward? It's very cool to see this come to fruition!


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Old 03/13/2021, 10:29 AM   #177
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I don't think I've ever seen such an engineered residential reef project. Incredible.


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Old 04/29/2021, 07:54 PM   #178
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Old 05/08/2021, 02:09 PM   #179
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Man this is insane,


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Old 06/13/2021, 08:38 PM   #180
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Karim, do you still have a holding system or will you be starting fresh on this system? I remember that the original greenhouse holding system didn't make it but curious if you started another one? Any idea on the build timeframe going forward? It's very cool to see this come to fruition!
Most of my life is distributed among friends - banked basically

I hope I can restart with a little seeding from those colonies.


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Old 06/13/2021, 08:40 PM   #181
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Making some progress finally. Plumbing is almost all in and we should be pouring concrete this week

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Old 06/13/2021, 08:48 PM   #182
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The thermal pex shows the reef extent - 8' x 16' x [ 4' (below) + 27" (above) ]




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Old 06/13/2021, 09:26 PM   #183
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I have to admit.. the 4 x 4" drains look intimidating in real life.

The math is right to support the flow, but they look massive.




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Old 06/14/2021, 02:09 PM   #184
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The most unique build
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Old 06/14/2021, 03:17 PM   #185
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Old 06/16/2021, 07:24 AM   #186
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thanks! if you can't see the full page, try this link instead

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Old 06/22/2021, 06:21 PM   #187
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Have the recent power issues in TX caused any issues? Has it caused you to make any alterations in case of more outages?


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Old 06/24/2021, 04:05 PM   #188
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Have the recent power issues in TX caused any issues? Has it caused you to make any alterations in case of more outages?
No. I like in Prosper and we're far enough north of Dallas that we didn't experience more than a few minutes of black out. I will be adding a whole house gas-generator though with an ATS (automatic transfer switch) so we can survive any future similar events.

We have natural gas, so that's the backup. It's possible to lose both but more unlikely.

The last backup to the backup would be a solar battery bank that drives a DC power bus for critical life support components.


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Old 06/24/2021, 04:08 PM   #189
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quick update. We poured on Tuesday 22/2021! The concrete is in.






It is ugly, but being fixed up now.

https://imgur.com/gallery/s9pLXaB

Next is plumbing for the pool, then all around foam insulation and filling in the dirt around it before the patio work begins.

After that - the epoxy shell.

Once the epoxy, plumbing and patio are done, the pool part will be complete.

Then the reef glass comes in play and the reef/pool sections become separate.


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Old 06/25/2021, 06:21 AM   #190
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If anyone is in DFW and can help with the PVC plumbing, let me know! 1000’ of PVC.


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amazing progress since first reading your posts about planning.
congrats...
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Old 06/28/2021, 06:26 PM   #192
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If anyone is in DFW and can help with the PVC plumbing, let me know! 1000’ of PVC.

Oh man I wish I was!


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Old 07/01/2021, 06:22 AM   #193
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Slow progress but still moving forward

I’m thinking through a problem and thought I’d throw it out to the collective thinking here to see if there’s a simple solution.

The main reef section is 8’ x 16’ x 4’ (before the additional glass height). With the raised glass I gain another 27”. So around 6000 gallons. The sump is 8’ x 8’ x 4’ but will probably max out at 3’ of water so 1500 gallons. The surge of s 8’ x 8’ x 2’ so 1000 gallons. And there’s a side algae scrubber, etc…

For the main reef, I need about 2’ of the 4’ pool depth and the rest is extra unneeded depth (serves no viewing purpose but costs in terms of salt and upkeep). So I need to displace it with something that is easy and cheap. I need 2000 gallons of “filler”.

My first thought was very large gravel. But my wife pointed out that if/when we move, we will have to revert the space to the lap pool it is now (for resale purposes). So removing 2000 gallons of gravel seems much.

I thought of waterproof sand bags but it’s the same issue of tons of heavy medium.

Can’t use PVC pipe because it’s too expensive and is hollow (I need to displace water volume).

I can seal the pipe but that would make it into a boat. I could add sand to make it neutrally buoyant but that’s a lot of work and more cost…

Cinder blocks have weight but are mostly hollow.

I thought of bags of ping pong balls in waterproof bags with sand to weight them down…

Clearly a rabbit hole of possible ideas. I think there’s a simple solution that is neutrally buoyant, cheap and easy to put in and take out… I’m just missing it.

Thought I’d tease the wildlife here … ideas?


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Old 07/02/2021, 04:44 PM   #194
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You will have to come back to NY when finished, unless I get to Texas again.


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Old 07/02/2021, 08:06 PM   #195
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thanks Vinny! Nice to hear from you. I'm looking forward to getting back to LI and sharing my progress... and/or learnings!




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Progress… more on the Imgur


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When I first read the beginning of this thread, I thought someone was dreaming. It’s now becoming a reality; flowing more power to you for your progress. It’s going to look amazing when completed!


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Slow progress but still moving forward

I’m thinking through a problem and thought I’d throw it out to the collective thinking here to see if there’s a simple solution.

The main reef section is 8’ x 16’ x 4’ (before the additional glass height). With the raised glass I gain another 27”. So around 6000 gallons. The sump is 8’ x 8’ x 4’ but will probably max out at 3’ of water so 1500 gallons. The surge of s 8’ x 8’ x 2’ so 1000 gallons. And there’s a side algae scrubber, etc…

For the main reef, I need about 2’ of the 4’ pool depth and the rest is extra unneeded depth (serves no viewing purpose but costs in terms of salt and upkeep). So I need to displace it with something that is easy and cheap. I need 2000 gallons of “filler”.

My first thought was very large gravel. But my wife pointed out that if/when we move, we will have to revert the space to the lap pool it is now (for resale purposes). So removing 2000 gallons of gravel seems much.

I thought of waterproof sand bags but it’s the same issue of tons of heavy medium.

Can’t use PVC pipe because it’s too expensive and is hollow (I need to displace water volume).

I can seal the pipe but that would make it into a boat. I could add sand to make it neutrally buoyant but that’s a lot of work and more cost…

Cinder blocks have weight but are mostly hollow.

I thought of bags of ping pong balls in waterproof bags with sand to weight them down…

Clearly a rabbit hole of possible ideas. I think there’s a simple solution that is neutrally buoyant, cheap and easy to put in and take out… I’m just missing it.

Thought I’d tease the wildlife here … ideas?
Maybe the same waterproof bags filled with gravel? I know there are a lot of companies wanting to get rid of gravel for cheap. IIRC, 1 pound of dry rock displaces .068 gallons of water, so ~14.7 pounds for 1 gallon of water. If you want to displace 2,000 gallons, you would "only" need 29,380 pounds of dry rock.


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I was thinking waterproof bags filled with water… durability is the concern though.


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When I first read the beginning of this thread, I thought someone was dreaming. It’s now becoming a reality; flowing more power to you for your progress. It’s going to look amazing when completed!
Thanks man! I need all the positive vibes I can get.


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